Friday, April 23, 2021

Popov wins the women’s British Open ahead of Suwannapura and Lee

Popov wins the women's British Open ahead of Suwannapura and Lee

Unheralded German Sophia Popov struck a three-under-par final round of 68 to claim her maiden major title at the women’s British Open on Sunday, finishing two strokes clear of Thailand’s Jasmine Suwannapura at Royal Troon.

Australia’s Minjee Lee finished third a further two strokes off the pace.

Sophia Popov en route to victory in the British Open at Royal Troon.Credit:Getty Images

Popov, the world number 304, started the day with a three-shot lead but kicked off in inauspicious fashion, bogeying the first hole after landing in a bunker off the tee before bouncing back with birdies on the second and third.

The 27-year-old made another birdie on the sixth to turn in 34 and added two more on the 15th and 16th before closing with a bogey on the 18th – with victory already assured – and finished on seven-under for the tournament.

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